News - July 10, 2019

Actor Rip Torn dies aged 88
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Actor Rip Torn dies aged 88

Actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88. 

The actor passed away at his home in Connecticut, surrounded by his family, his publicist has confirmed. His last role was in 2016. 

Torn, who was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr, enjoyed an acting career that spanned more than seven decades. 

He began his acting run in the 1950s, with a series of television roles that included key turns in The Restless Gun and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, before he transitioned to the big screen in the early 1960s, with starring roles in Sweet Bird of Youth, and in The Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen. 

He worked steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with key turns including 1983 thriller Cross Creek and in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth opposite David Bowie.

His career took again in the 1990s when he won the role of Artie on Gary Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show. That role gave the actor a cult following and led to latter-day turns in 30 Rock, Men In Black, Dodgeball and Wonder Boys. 

Tributes have been paid to Torn from across the movie industry and a selection are included below:

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R.I.P. Rip

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